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tl;dm - A D&D DM Podcast

Jul 23, 2018

FIRST THINGS FIRST - wow, Alan's microphone is picking up all of the plosive sounds. Sorry for that. BUT struggle through it if you can, because this episode is simply chock full of insights, exercises, and anecdotes from special guest and friend of the show James D'Amato!

The TL;DMs sit down with James to talk about...


Jul 12, 2018

It's been a while between recordings, and the TL;DMs have some campaign recaps to get to. In particular, they talk about arc and session structure, and mechanical benefits of visual aids for table engagement.

Then, Tyler posits some opportunities for NPC-themed story arcs since his table has several characters that...


May 2, 2018

Alan had a campaign reboot and we talk about the whys and what's happeneds for that new direction. 

After that, and so many, many meanderings, we get to the meat of our episode, story stakes-- what they are, how to make them, and when to use them.


Apr 19, 2018

Our dearest friend and favored player Jeff Murdoch returns to our 'cast to talk with us about recaps, session zeros, skill checks and so much more.

In the session zero discussion, we talk about one of the most important uses of a session zero, which is checking in with your players to see what they enjoy doing in games....


Apr 13, 2018

The tl;DMs are back in the swing of things (even though this episode was recorded in February).

They use the recaps to discuss some more... elevated roleplay that Tyler jumped into in their most recent session, and how to navigate a character's breaking point at the table.

From there they dive headfirst into the...